The Schulte Poems, Oct. 11, 1910

During the 1910 season, the Chicago Tribune regularly published funny, sometimes hilarious, poems that it said were written by Frank Schulte, the Cubs' colorful, hard-hitting, lefty-swinging right fielder.

The poems actually were written by Ring Lardner, destined to become one of the great humorists of the early 20th Century, who was assigned by the paper to cover the Cubs that season.


On Oct. 10, Schulte homered in the first inning off Bunny Ahearn of the Cardinals. The homer was his 10th of the season, most in Major League Baseball.

He had hit only 1 homer in his first 82 games, while slashing .253/.297/.347, for an OPS of .644. In his final 69 games, he slashed .359/.412/.598, 1.010,

So much was expected of Schulte beginning Oct. 17, when the Cubs would face the Philadelphia Athletics, led by pitching star Eddie Plank, in the World Series.

This poem appeared 111 years ago today:


Said Frank: "As for Plank, just listen,

"All you whom it may concern:

"I hope that fast ball of his'n

"Is as easy for me as for Hearn."


Schulte's next poem, a comparison of the Cubs and Athletics, appeared on Oct. 17. This series of posts will resume then.

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